Health and Wellbeing.

At Forge Valley School, we take the physical and mental well being of our pupils and staff very seriously. We have therefore put together some useful information and websites for you to use and read.  

Epic Friends  

This site is all about helping you to help your friends who might be struggling to cope emotionally. 

Young Minds

We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.

Voice Collective  

Support and info for people hearing voices 14-19 year olds.

Sheffield Young Carers 

Support and information for young people who have a carer’s role who are aged 8-25 year olds.

National Self Harm Network

National self-harm network; advice, information, distractions techniques adolescents.


Mental health advice; reducing stigma campaigns under 25 section.

Head Space 

Meditation/relaxation app 13 and up. “Brilliant things happen in calm minds”.

Mental Health and Wellbing Apps

Student Psychological and Counselling Services.


Mindshift anxiety application 12 and up. 


Whether you are experiencing mental health issues, you are worried about someone else, or you are interested in how to stay mentally healthy, there are lots of different ways you can look after your mental health and find support.

Eating Disorders 

Under 18’s helpline – 0845 634 7650 


Information, support, crisis line up to 19.  0800 1111 

Children & Young People’s Empowerment Project

The Children and Young People’s Empowerment Project is a charity dedicated to raising the voices of young people and giving them the confidence, influence and platform to shape their world.


18 years and under | 0800 1111  


If you would like support and advice, you can talk to one of our Family Support Workers by calling our confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222. You can also share experiences and advice with other parents on our Forums. Family Lives is here for you and you can contact us about any family issue, big or small.

Calm Harm App

Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalise the app if you so wish. You will be able to track your progress and notice change.

Young Deafhope

Young DeafHope is a unique project working with young Deaf people of eleven years and older, to raise awareness of abuse and domestic violence. Our aim is to help young people change or avoid abusive behaviour, and to help them to have healthy relationships and stay safe.

Underwear Rule 

NSPCC have launched a video version of our successful Underwear Rule guide to help deaf children talk PANTS and stay safe.

Kooth is an online counselling and support service which is now available to all young people in Sheffield aged 11-18 years and to those who are leaving the care system up to 25. It is a safe, confidential and anonymous way for young people to access emotional wellbeing and early intervention mental health and support.

Papyrus UK is a confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through their helpline,


Hub of Hope

The Hub of Hope is the world’s first of its kind mental health database bringing grassroots and national mental health services together in one place for the first time ever.

Using the location of web browser or mobile devices, the cloud-based web application allows anyone, anywhere to find the nearest source of support for any mental health issue, from depression and anxiety to PTSD and suicidal thoughts, as well as providing a ‘talk now’ button connecting users directly to the Samaritans.

It is currently the biggest and most comprehensive resource of its kind, with more than 1,200 validated support networks already registered on the web app and this number increasing each day. It has been endorsed by the Samaritans and 25 other national mental health support organisations and trusts.

Supporting Your Child During Exam Time (Young Minds)

As we start to move towards exam season, Young Minds have launched advice for parents about supporting their children.

You can find out more here:

Children and Young People – Sheffield Mental Health Guide 

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Children & Young people – Hopeagain 0808 808 1677

Adult – Cruse Bereavement Care – 0808 808 1677 

Child Bereavement

Explaining miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a newborn baby to young children (Child Bereavement UK)

Winston’s Wish

Another useful source of support and information around bereavement is Winston’s Wish. A useful summary of their support for children experiencing loss is here.

National Autistic Society

Incidentally, the NAS have had launched their re-brand this week with a new logo, and a new vision for ‘a society that works for autistic people’.


It can be difficult to discuss death and bereavement, or help a child or adult with autism to cope with a death. Every autistic person, and their level of understanding, is different. The NAS have guidance here.

Grief Support for Young People

Please find below links to both Google play and the iOS App stores. 

NEW Helpline for Grief and Bereavement

Grief Encounter is one of the UK’s leading bereaved child charities, providing free, pioneering services and support to bereaved children, young people and their families.

Phone: 0808 802 0111 (Free to call; Monday – Friday 9am – 9pm)


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